Blackburn v Chelsea: Match Preview

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Blackburn v Chelsea
Ewood Park
Saturday 5 November 2011, 15:00
Barclays Premier League

Team News

David Dunn has given Blackburn manager Steve Kean a timely boost with the news that he has recovered from a calf injury in time for the weekend visit of Chelsea.

Junior Hoilett - who has been continuously linked with an Ewood Park exit in January - is also available after recovering from a tight hamstring suffered in the draw against Norwich last weekend.

Meanwhile, Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is set to welcome back club captain John Terry to his starting line-up, and can also call on the services of John Obi Mikel, after both players were rested in the midweek Champions League draw in Genk.

Didier Drogba is suspended, and long-term casualty Michael Essien also remains sidelined.

AVB backs Kean to come good

Andre Villas-Boas will not underestimate the threat posed by Blackburn Rovers when his Chelsea side travel to Ewood Park for this weekend's Barclays Premier League encounter.

With just one victory from their opening ten games, pressure is building on manager Steve Kean, but the Portuguese tactician feels the club have the right man at the helm.

Despite Rovers' lowly position, Villas-Boas doesn't consider the game to be an ideal opportunity to return to winning ways, though insists the Blues will be doing everything in their power to do so.

"It would be wrong to think like that," he stressed. "Blackburn is a team that is going through ups and downs in terms of emotions and a public that has shown a bit of disrespect for the manager, for the quality of work he does.

"Steve is my friend and I have high respect for what he has done. When a team is like that you know they can put up a challenge, a proper challenge, so we just have to be up to our best again and try to get the three points.

"The owners have done tremendously well in protecting Steve because they believe in his talent. The owners and Steve live every day with their squad and know that they are capable of. So there is belief in the squad they can turn things around.

"Their run in the Carling Cup shows exactly that and I believe he can do a good job. Managers are always questioned by results, and it's fair, but I believe they could be on the right track."

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